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Old 07-10-2012, 08:50 PM   #117 (permalink)
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Ugh - sorry about that. Bad mood I guess. Short answer is that due to the type of restricted free agent Fields is, there are very specific rules for the type of contract that can be offered to him. As such, the first year salary must be matchable by the Knicks (5 M) but the total can be higher than the normal maximum raises would allow. So his offer is structured like 5, 5, 9, give or take. However, for the Raptors, they must have enough cap space to offer the average salary for that contract, because they aren't restricted in the first year like the Knicks are. As such, the cap hit for the Raptors will be about 6.3 M each year, evenly spread out rather than backloaded like for the Knicks.
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